a stack of books sits in front of a blue and black marble background. From top to bottom: Class Act by Jerry Craft, Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore, Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X Kendi, Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas, Legendborn by Tracey Deon, Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomi Adeyemi, Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory and Queen of Nothing by Holly Black
Year in Review

2020 Year in Review

Let’s take a look back at all the wonderful things we loved in this shit show of a year– most of them book-related, although we chat about film/TV a fair amount too. We want to share our favs with y’all in the hopes of spreading a bit more joy around. Please reach out and let us know yours as well! 

We know this time of year is filled with wrap ups, lists, etc. (hell, we’re complicit), which, for some, can be rough to wade through. Take care of yourselves and feel free to skip this one if that’s the case for you. We’ll be back in 2021 with more book discussions. onto the notes! 

The Library Coven: 2020 by the numbers

  • 1 rebrand/rename (lol, thanks for sticking with us through it and to be clear, fuck TERFs forever)
  • 25 episodes
  • 14 books
  • 10 GBBO episodes
  • 2 full-length bonus episodes (Umbrella Academy & 2 years of podcasting)
  • 1 year-in-review recap episode
  • 20 hours (1,173 minutes) of produced episode audio, which breaks down into…
    • approx. 80 hours of editing audio and writing show notes (about 4x as long as the episode)
    • Each of us spends about 1.5-2 hours prepping our episode scripts = 30 ish hours
    • Who knows how many hours of reading/listening
  • Total pages read for podcast books = 6,946 [average 496 pages/book]

Fiction books mentioned in the episode (alphabetical by author last name)

Non-fiction books mentioned in the episode (alphabetical by author last name)

TV shows mentioned


Transcript to come Spring 2021

As always, we’d love to be in discussion with you, magical folx. Post or tweet about the show using #criticallyreading or #thelibrarycoven. Let us know what you think of the episode, anything we missed, or anything else you want us to know by dropping a line in the comments or reaching out to us on twitter or Instagram (@thelibrarycoven), or via email (thelibraycoven@gmail.com). You can also check out the show notes on our website, thelibrarycoven.com.

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